Ubuntu 12.10 / 13.10 / 14.04 LTS : elfutils vulnerability (USN-2188-1)

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 73802


The remote Ubuntu host is missing a security-related patch.


Florian Weimer discovered that the elfutils libdw library incorrectly handled malformed compressed debug sections in ELF files. If a user or automated system were tricked into processing a specially crafted ELF file, applications linked against libdw could be made to crash, or possibly execute arbitrary code.

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Update the affected libdw1 package.

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 73802

File Name: ubuntu_USN-2188-1.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.3 $

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 2014/05/01

Modified: 2016/05/24

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium


Base Score: 6.8

Temporal Score: 5.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:ND/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:canonical:ubuntu_linux:libdw1, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:12.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:13.10, cpe:/o:canonical:ubuntu_linux:14.04

Required KB Items: Host/cpu, Host/Ubuntu, Host/Ubuntu/release, Host/Debian/dpkg-l

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2014/04/30

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2014-0172

BID: 66714

USN: 2188-1